Gospel: Mark 1:29-39
Epistle: 1 Cor. 9:16-27
Lesson: Is. 40:21-31
Psalm: Psalm 147:1-11
CLB Commentary – Dr. Eugene Boe
Epiphany is the season of manifestation. Jesus is at center stage. After synagogue worship He tags along with James and John the approximately 85 feet to Peter’s and Andrew’s home.
Jesus is the one who does not distance himself from the sick but rather bridges every barrier. Upon hearing of Peter’s mother-law’s condition, he went to her even though she was a woman and sick. He took her hand and helped her up. This is who Jesus is! He is there for her and nothing is to keep him from her. So is Jesus in relation to us today. In and through the Word Jesus makes his way to our bed where we lie helpless, sick unto death with sin. He is not afraid to take the hand of a sick sinner. He alone can raise the sick up. So he comes and takes us by the hand and raises us up.
Jesus is the one who has authority over demons. Jesus authority and power is not only for those afflicted in some physical manner but also extends over the spiritual power of the demons. Paul wrote to the Ephesians “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (6:12) Jesus is the one who has authority over the evil powers today. He has defeated the enemy of our souls. No wonder “the whole town gathered at the door.”
Jesus is the one who lives in relation to his Father. Mark is the only one who records that Jesus prayed while he was off to the solitary place. This time with his Father is indicative of the relationship that he as the Son of God has with his Father. That it is noted that the praying took place at a solitary place fits with Jesus not revealing at this time in his ministry his being the Messiah who has come from God. Jesus is the one who is on the go. So we hear the words of Jesus, “Let us go somewhere else – to the nearby villages – so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” (Mark 1:38) And Mark adds “So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.” (Mark 1:39) Just as Jesus was on the “go” then “traveling” so he is on the “go” today “traveling” bringing the good news of the life-giving gospel. Today he is on the go through the church so we as church are on the “go” “traveling with the gospel of Jesus Christ.